SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Directed Readings in Persian Studies

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year

This course enables post-graduate students to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of a particular topic in Persian literary, linguistic or cultural studies through close, supervised reading of selected texts in Persian and in translation.

 The objective of this option is to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out study and research on a specific area of interest in greater depth and breadth than more traditional lecture-based courses permit. It enables the student to explore a specialised topic on which SOAS has staff with the required expertise, but for which there is no regular course. The student will thereby gain both an insight into research methodology and a deeper understanding of the chosen topic.

Students wishing to take this option are required to contact the programme convenor and the potential supervisor before enrolling. They are normally expected to choose a topic that relates to the content of another course they are taking at SOAS. It must not be assumed that all proposals will be automatically approved.


One contact hour per week in terms 1 and 2 to a total of 20 hours.

Scope and syllabus

The format will to some extent vary in individual cases, but should normally consist of one-to-one tutorials between student and instructor. A reading list and project outline is agreed and progress is discussed.

Method of assessment

One essay of 5,000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 2, term 2 (50%);  one essay of 5,000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 2, term 3 (50%).


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules